“Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD; Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications. If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord More than those who watch for the morning— Yes, more than those who watch for the morning. O Israel, hope in the LORD; For with the LORD there is mercy, And with Him is abundant redemption. And He shall redeem Israel From all his iniquities.”
Psalms 130:1-8 NKJV
As I write this, my phone is exploding next to me. I have an application that tracks “red alerts” in Israel. Rockets are flying this morning, or afternoon in Israel. Each passing day brings more escalation, as the events unfolding are turning toward total war. I read of Erdogon of Turkey telling Russia’s Putin, that Israel needs to be “taught a deterrent lesson.” My dear brother Terry reminded me of Ezekiel 38-39
““Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.
“And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord GOD, “ that My fury will show in My face.”
Ezekiel 38:2-3, 18 NKJV
In light of all that is happening, the Lord ordained that I read Psalm 130 this morning. It is amazing how God takes my uninspired, linear reading of the Psalms and places me at the right passage at the right time. He is soveriegn.
This Psalm reminds the children of Israel that God is a redeemer, and His sovereign will is unstoppable. He will complete His work and defeat the enemy.
We must wait on the Lord, and be confident that He knows what He is doing. From our short sighted perspective, we cannot see and know all that is in the working. Fortunately, we have the word of God to guide us.
I am reminded that God is in control, sovereign, that He truly loves His people in Israel, and He loves the adopted brethren who have been grafted in to the wild olive tree by the saving death of Jesus on the cross.
He also loves those in opposition, desiring that they receive redemption through Jesus, His only begotten Son. We are in a time when we must proclaim Jesus to friend and foe alike. We know that He is for us, and will not turn from us, or forsake us.
“Do not hide Your face from me; Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me. Teach me Your way, O LORD, And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!”
Psalms 27:9-11, 14 NKJV
In the midst of this present darkness, let us look to the morning, the time of renewal, of redemption. I love the morning, as the dark of night gives way to the light of the looming day, and new possibilities that come. We who are waiting on Jesus are looking forward to that great coming of the Light.
“Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.””
Revelation 1:7-8 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, be encouraged by all that you are seeing. Yes, things are getting bad, and unsettling, but the uncertainty is a sign that things are ultimately going to get work out according to Gods will.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28 NKJV
It is also an opportunity for those who are the called to serve the Lord, and go and tell of the salvation in Jesus. Many Christians in Israel are using the strife, at great risk to themelves, to proclaim the Gospel rather than seek safety.
For them, sharing Christ is more important than life itself. May that attitude be in us.
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